Can you recommend a universal diagnostic scanner that’s easy to use and cheap to buy – ideally less than £150? I own a 2001 Ford Mondeo petrol and a 2002 BMW 5-Series petrol, so I need a unit to cover both vehicles.
I won’t be attempting any major jobs, just servicing, brakes and replacement of sensors if the scanner flags any up, so I don’t need an expensive unit that covers airbags, etc. Ian Rimmer Compliance for European On Board Diagnostics (EOBD) sockets came into force for petrol vehicles in 2001 and for diesels in 2004. This means that both your vehicles can be read using a standard EOBD unit. This does not cover airbags, ABS, etc, but this is not something you will need.
One which is within your budget is the Foxwell NT301, which will read off and clear fault codes as well as reading live data. At the moment this costs £69 from
http://bit.ly/1tivg9m. However, this tool will not reset the service light on your BMW, so it might be worth considering the Foxwell NT401 at £134.95. This will read EOBD data and codes, as well as giving sensor information.